A divorced woman “dishonors the family.” Killing a divorced woman honors the family. That’s Islamic morality.
Muslims commit 91 percent of honor killings worldwide. The Palestinian Authority gives pardons or suspended sentences for honor murders. Iraqi women have asked for tougher sentences for Islamic honor murderers, who get off lightly now. Syria in 2009 scrapped a law limiting the length of sentences for honor killings, but “the new law says a man can still benefit from extenuating circumstances in crimes of passion or honour ‘provided he serves a prison term of no less than two years in the case of killing.’” And in 2003 the Jordanian Parliament voted down on Islamic grounds a provision designed to stiffen penalties for honor killings. Al-Jazeera reported that “Islamists and conservatives said the laws violated religious traditions and would destroy families and values.”
Until the encouragement Islamic law gives to honor killing is acknowledged and confronted, more women will suffer.
A thirteen-year-old boy from Arnhem, the Netherlands, stabbed his mother in September last year, because she recently divorced his father. The attempted murder trial started today and will be resumed in March.
According to his mother the reason for the divorce was physical abuse. The woman therefore lived with her youngest child at a secret address.
In Afghan culture, the mother “dishonoured the family” with the divorce and she was at risk of being killed. The father reacted to the divorce by leaving the Netherlands with their two children without the mother’s consent. He taught his son that a mother should never divorce her husband according to Afghan tradition.
The second time the father went abroad, the mother contacted the police and the authorities arrested the father. Because of his arrest, the mother was reunited with her children, not realising that her son was waiting for her to stab her multiple times with a knife. The woman was brought to hospital with life-threatening injuries but she survived the attack….